Google Maps will provide information on stores in Street View with augmented reality


Google Maps is constantly changing, either to adapt to the COVID-19 or to provide more clarity in giving the information required. Especially when looking for information about certain places, a real nightmare for the Maps interface. Now Google wants to improve it with automatic augmented reality.

The fact is that the information about the places we are looking for is in the map view, and not in Street View, leaving you a little disoriented in the service. Google is now trying to add markers with location information in augmented reality format directly in Street View.

Google Maps improves your information

These markers, in Street View, will show us the same information that we will see in normal map view but in an augmented reality format so that we can get a better feel for the location we are viewing.

Example of augmented reality on Google Maps
Example of augmented reality on Google Maps

According to 9to5Google, Google is making use of their augmented reality system to complement these signs to the standing routes they already added in their day. With the camera on our mobile phone we can visualize the routes we can follow to access these establishments and now with these markers we can see all kinds of information.

A small icon will give us the necessary information to find out what type of establishment it is, and by clicking on the button a menu will be displayed with all the available information. Telephone number, name of the premises, exact address, etc. We will only have to leave the mouse or the finger on the bubbles to see all this information.

These contact lenses will have an augmented reality thanks to a half-millimeter screen with 70,000 pixels
These contact lenses will have an augmented reality thanks to a half-millimeter screen with 70,000 pixels

The information will be displayed in a panel on the left if we click on the bubble, giving us information in the form of images and customer opinions. This is a very powerful adaptation of the type of information we can currently see in the map view.

Only for some users

As usual with Google, you have only activated this change on a trial basis for a very limited number of users and locations. Therefore, it is very difficult for you to be able to see it in your Google Maps app. However, since the feature seems very advanced, it will most likely arrive on our smartphones and computers within a few weeks.

However, this applies for now only to the web version, and we’ll have to wait to see the feature in the Google Maps app for smartphones. Neither Google nor 9to5Mac have given details on when we will be able to activate this feature which many will appreciate, especially those of us who do not have a very good sense of direction.


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